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[floo-tist] /ˈflu tɪst/
a flute player.
Also, flautist.
Origin of flutist
1595-1605; flute + -ist; see flautist
Can be confused
flautist, flutist. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for flutist
Contemporary Examples
  • Not only did Palin show off her skills as a flutist as well, but she was awarded the title of Miss Congeniality.

Historical Examples
  • He inherited the love of music from his parents,—his father having been a flutist and his mother an alto singer and pianist.

    The Standard Cantatas George P. Upton
  • But as a flutist he surpassed himself in all other qualities.

    Dust of New York Konrad Bercovici
  • Brunet worshipped the flutist for his delightful skill, and Madame Brunet for his charming person.

    Princes and Poisoners Frantz Funck-Brentano
  • He would not go to Karrosch, or any of the large, important orchestras; none of the small ones wished a flutist.

    The Old Flute-Player Edward Marshall and Charles T. Dazey
  • He came of a musical family, his father being a flutist, while his mother played the piano and sang.

    Woman's Work in Music Arthur Elson
  • The flutist was wild, but presently he calmed down, and played us a nice little tune.

    The Patriot Antonio Fogazzaro
  • When he grew to manhood he became first flutist in the Baltimore orchestra.

  • The powers of the flutist are said to have been hardly less remarkable than those of Cordes.

  • The fiddler stood with bow suspended over the strings, the flutist with fingers on all stops.

    In the Roar of the Sea Sabine Baring-Gould
British Dictionary definitions for flutist


(mainly US & Canadian) a variant of flautist
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for flutist

c.1600, probably from French flûtiste; replaced Middle English flouter (early 13c., from Old French flauteor) and is preferred in U.S. The British preference is flautist (q.v.), a Continental reborrowing that returns the original diphthong.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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